Hannah Fisher from BBC Digital Planet interviews the ARCHiOx team on the technologies, achievements and future plans of the project partnership funded by The Helen Hamlyn Trust at the Bodleian Library in Oxford.
Listen on BBC Sounds (11:20-19:55)
Presented by Masterpiece London in partnership with Apollo, this three-part series of podcasts provides an insight into the works on show at this year’s Masterpiece fair. In the third and final episode, Adam Lowe talks about the display he has curated with architect Charlotte Skene Catling for the fair’s new Masterpiece [Re]Discovery section, 'Avoiding Oblivion: The Preservation of Pharaonic Knowledge’, which builds on the work of Lowe’s workshop Factum Arte in the Valley of the Kings over the last two decades.
On December 14, Factum Foundation’s founder Adam Lowe participated in an interview with archaeologist Gillian Hovell following Stephen Fry’s statement on the repatriation of the Elgin Marbles to Greece. In an era of digital materiality, where cultural artefacts can be made accessible online and offline, Lowe stressed the need to properly digitise objects at the highest resolution possible, to then inform and shape decisions about where and how to display those objects. Lowe also mentioned the importance of launching an in-depth debate about ownership, access and repatriation, and in this case about reunification, as the Elgin Marbles are held in various museum collections across Europe.
Listen on BBC Radio 4 (2:55:25)
'The Fifth Siren' is the first podcast series organised by FILL Productions, from the curators of FILL, the Festival of Italian Literature in London. It focusses on Venice, inviting multiple authors, writers and filmmmakers to talk about "the nexus where many global crises come together - environmental, cultural, social, technological."
Adam Lowe, founder of Factum Foundation, was invited to talk about the recording of San Giorgio Maggiore in 2020 in the fourth episode of the podcast, dedicated to Memory.
In his podcast 'Blood and Bronze' on BBC Radio, Jerry Brotton reveals how the Renaissance was a time of conflict as well as beauty, creativity and tyranny, by retracing the life of Benvenuto Cellini through his autobiography. In episode 9, Adam Lowe, founder of Factum Foundation, visits the the Real Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial to talk about Cellini's Crucifixion, thanks to the collaboration of Patrimonio Nacional.
Giulia Graffi and Eleonora Del Riccio from 'Questo non è un podcast sull'arte' have dedicated an episode to the work of FACTUM ARTE and Factum Foundation. A thoroughly enjoyable 12 minutes highlighting the changing role of facsimiles in the field of cultural heritage and exhibition design, but also detailing Factum's work in the transfer of skills and digital restoration.
Izzy Kent from Colnaghi Foundation interviewed Adam Lowe, director of Factum Arte and founder of Factum Foundation, on the role of new technologies and facsimiles for the conservation and dissemination of cultural heritage.
Ongoing projects for 2021, such as the Raphael Cartoons with the V&A, the exhibition display for the Spanish Gallery at Bishop Auckland and the Casa Natal de Velázquez in Seville, were featured during the conversation, which was livestreamed on Instagram.
A team of researchers is creating a high-tech model of Venice's island of San Giorgio Maggiore to better monitor sea-level rise, and to preserve the island in a digital form for the future. Host Marco Werman speaks to Adam Lowe, founder of the Factum Foundation for Digital Technology in Preservation, who is leading this project in collaboration with ARCHiVe, EPFL and Iconem.
Ahead of the three live discussions in collaboration with The Art Newspaper on 1, 2, 3 May 2020, Adam Lowe, founder of Factum Foundation, answered Ben Luke's questions for This Week in Art, focussing on how new technologies such as digital scanning and artificial intelligence (AI) are being used to create facsimiles of historic paintings.
(Spanish) A wider collaboration between Factum Foundation and CEEH (Centro de Estudios Europa Hispánica) will culminate in a display and exhibitions project for the new Casa Natal de Velázquez in Seville, established by the author and journalist Enrique Bocanegra and projected to open in 2021. Carlos Bayod from Factum Foundation talks about the first step of this collaboration: the recordin of Old Woman Cooking Eggs in the National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh.
V&A Director Tristram Hunt asks whether digital technology undermines or enhances the role and function of museums and galleries. Hartwig Fischer, director of British Museum, talks about the donation of the exact facsimiles of two lamassu sculptures to the University of Mosul and the collaboration between the museum, Factum Arte and Factum Foundation.
(14:35 - 20:30)
In the aftermath of one of Venice's worst flood in years, resulting in damages for millions of euros and the loss of priceless works of art, Adam Lowe talks about Factum Foundation's project in the city, ARCHiVe, and how the technologies employed by Factum Arte can contribute to protect Venetian cultural heritage.
(52:46 - 58:48)
In 2017, Britain’s oldest continuously working factory in the country, the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, was sold to American developers who wanted to turn it into a boutique hotel. Just last week the government intervened to prevent Tower Hamlets from granting permission to the proposed development. Gillian Darley, who writes about architecture and landscape, and Stephen Clarke, a trustee of the UK Heritage Building Preservation Trust, consider the importance of commercial viability rather than sentiment when it comes to protecting old buildings and industries.
(10:37 - 20:50)
Whitechapel Bell Foundry was formally founded in 1570 and continued casting bells until 2017. It cast the Liberty Bell and Big Ben. In this episode, Dan talks to Adam Lowe who is part of a campaign to get the Foundry back into action.
Marina Abramović and Adam Lowe were interviewed at Masterpiece London Art Fair 2018 by Gareth Harris for The Art Newspaper. The artist expresses her views on Five Stages of Maya Dance, the series of five alabaster portraits produced at Factum Arte and talks about immateriality, mortality and the "process of disappearance" that embraces the sculptural artworks, presented in collaboration with Lisson Gallery.
Adam Lowe talked to The Art Newspaper about a new TV series in which seven lost paintings are recreated. Mystery of the Lost Paintings is a seven-part television series produced by Sky Arts and developed as a collaboration between Peter Glidewell, Ballandi Arts and Factum Arte. The series focuses on seven great paintings by Vermeer, Monet, Van Gogh, Franz Marc, Klimt, Lempicka, and Sutherland that were destroyed, stolen or lost during the 20th Century.
Thomas Marks talks to Adam Lowe about thel role of by digital recording and reproduction in the conservation of world heritage, as well as in art-historical interpretation and the creation of contemporary art.
La Série Documentaire, a radio broadcast produced by France Culture, dedicated four podcasts to the issue of discovery, protection and recovery of works of art. Journalist Perrine Kervran researched the role and responsibility of museums, collectors and foundations in caring for objects. Entre spoliation et restitution, cet étrange désir de posséder les œuvres d’art asks historians and conservators from the Louvre Museum, Neues Museum, College de France and Factum Foundation to present the historical evolution of these issues. The third podcast is a chronicle of the arrival of Paolo Verenose's Wedding at Canna to the Louvre and its return as a facsimile to San Giorgio Maggiore.
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